KINGSTON, R.I. -
The Charlotte 49ers women's
soccer team will begin its quest for a third Atlantic 10 Tournament title at
the league tournament, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday against La Salle, in
Kingston, R.I. The Niners earned the No. 8 seed in the event and will face the
regular-season champion and top-seeded Explorers in the quarterfinal contest at
the URI Soccer Complex.
Charlotte is 7-5 all-time in the Atlantic 10 Championships, having claimed the
2007 and 2008 crowns en route to the third and fourth NCAA Tournament
appearances in program history. The 49ers have faced La Salle only once
previously in the tournament, picking up a 3-1 victory in the 2010 semifinals.
Dayton has eliminated the Niners in each of the last three tournaments but the
only way for the two programs to meet this year will be in the championship
Charlotte finished its regular season with a 10-7-2 overall and 4-4-1 ledger,
making the tournament field due to tiebreakers. It earned a three-way tie with
Massachusetts and Richmond for the final two spots, with the Spiders staying at
home because of the tiebreaking rules.
The 49ers and Explorers met in regular-season play with La Salle tallying a 2-1
win in Philadelphia Oct. 14.
Charlotte will put four All-Atlantic 10 performers on the field for the
contest, including Second Team honoree Amanda Jones
. Maddie Kiebel
to the All-Rookie Team, while Alex Kubrick
and Sarah Ann Waugh
were tabbed to
the All-Academic Team.
La Salle concluded the regular season with a tie against Temple but still won
the regular-season championship with its 8-0-1 mark. The Explorers were 14-4-1
overall, earning national votes and the top spot in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic
Eight all-league spots were reserved for La Salle plus the conference's Defensive
Player of the Year (Courtney Niemiec) and Coach of the Year (Paul Royal).
The winner of the match will face the victor in the other semifinal on that
side of the bracket, a meeting between No. 4 seed Butler and No. 5 seed St.
Free live video and live stats are available through links on
Charlotte49ers.com, while in-game updates will also be provided on Twitter